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Lithuania, Norway swap spies with Russia at border

Vilnius - Russia on Friday returned two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage to Vilnius while NATO and EU member Lithuania freed two Russians jailed for spying in an exchange reminiscent of the Cold War.

Lithuania pardons Russian spies ahead of possible swap with Moscow

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday pardoned two Russians jailed by Vilnius for espionage, an official statement said, paving the way for a possible spy swap with Moscow.

US to help secure Baltic energy grid against cyber attacks

Vilnius - The United States and Baltic states on Sunday agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyber attacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid.

US to deploy more troops to Lithuania for an extended period

The Defense Ministry of Lithuania has announced a new deployment of US troops and equipment to the Baltic country. The deployment will consist of US troops, tanks and fighting vehicles and will be an extended mission.

Lithuania summons Chinese envoy over Hong Kong incident

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday summoned China's ambassador over the involvement of embassy staff in an incident at a rally in Vilnius last month backing Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.

Baltic human chain still inspires activists 30 years on

Vilnius - From Catalan separatists to Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, the human chain that helped the Baltic states win independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago still inspires freedom-seekers the world over.

Lithuania Jewish Community closes Vilnius synagogue over threats

Vilnius - Jewish leaders in Lithuania announced Tuesday they were temporarily closing the Vilnius Synagogue and the community's headquarters due to threats, citing an "atmosphere of rising tension".

Discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust

Vilnius - Jewish community leaders in Lithuania on Thursday announced the discovery of an 18th-century memorial plaque bearing Hebrew inscriptions that detail trips made by Jewish residents of Vilnius to the Holy Land at the time.

Lithuania's new president sworn in, vowing to tackle inequality

Vilnius - Pro-EU centre-right economist Gitanas Nauseda was sworn in as Lithuania's new president on Friday, vowing to tackle inequality in the Baltic eurozone state.

Lithuania declares emergency as drought hits farmers

Vilnius - Lithuania declared an emergency on Wednesday as a severe drought hit the Baltic EU state, threatening to slash this year's harvest by up to half.

UK holds largest Baltic naval drills in century to deter Russia

Klaipeda - The UK on Friday pledged to boost defence of the Baltic states to deter a "more assertive" Russia as the British navy held its largest drills in the Baltic region, which includes a Russian territory, in more than a century.

ECB under pressure to ease growth, inflation fears

Vilnius - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is expected to outline plans on Thursday to offer fresh assistance to banks and hint at further options to counteract rising worries about growth and inflation in the eurozone.

Political novice wins Lithuania presidential race

Vilnius - Gitanas Nauseda, a centre-right independent and political novice, won Lithuania's presidential runoff in a race marked by low populist sentiment and concerns over inequality in the Baltic eurozone state.

Pro-EU rivals eye Lithuanian presidency

Vilnius - Lithuanians voted on Sunday in round one of a presidential election after a campaign dominated by concerns over growing social inequality in the eurozone Baltic state.

Lithuania presidential run-off pits novice against ex-minister

Vilnius - An economist and political novice, Gitanas Nauseda, took a thin lead in the first round of Lithuania's presidential election on Sunday and will face Ingrida Simonyte, a conservative ex-finance minister, in a May 26 run-off set to focus on inequality an...

Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president

Vilnius - For all its economic growth, income inequality and poverty are top election issues as Lithuanians vote on Sunday for a new president in round one of a tight race in the Baltic eurozone state.

EU Commission frontrunner backs slashing EU funding for rule of law breaches

Vilnius - European Commission presidential candidate Manfred Weber is in favour of cutting funds to member states that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law, he said in an interview published Friday.

Lithuania convicts Soviet-era officials of 1991 'war crimes'

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Wednesday convicted a former Soviet defence minister and dozens of other Russian citizens in absentia of war crimes over Moscow's deadly 1991 crackdown on the Baltic state's independence movement.

Lithuanian leader mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem

Vilnius - Centrist Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said Tuesday he would consider moving Lithuania's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem, should he win May's presidential elections.

Lithuania attracts London fintech firms as Brexit looms

Vilnius - Worried over Brexit uncertainty, dozens of fintech companies have applied for licences in Lithuania to secure access to the EU market, the Baltic state's central bank said Tuesday.
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